D-Day, June 6, 1944
70 Years - A Commemoration to Remember Learn the story of the Normandy Campaign from D-Day through the liberation at Paris through the American Battle Monuments Commission's interactive presentation or visit the Army's official D-Day page.
OMAHA BEACH, France - Soldiers, veterans and civilians circled around the 1st Infantry Division Monument to honor the men of the "Big Red One" who fought in the invasion of Normandy with a ceremony the 72nd anniversary of D-Day. The over 30 ft. tall obelisk is engraved with the names of each man killed in action. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack)

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -- more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

D-Day Ceremonies

Every year, French towns and citizens invite the U.S. military to participate in the numerous D-Day related ceremonies and commemorations in Normandy, France. This year, 300 men and women from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force will be involved in activities open to the public from June 3 to 7. All are invited to come and be a part of these memorials and remember the sacrifices made to defeat tyranny.



D-Day Fact Sheet: The Beaches (.pdf, 413 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Consequences (.pdf, 562 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: The Supplies. (.pdf, 423 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Axis Powers (.pdf, 299 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Leadership (.pdf, 405 KB)

D-Day Fact Sheet: Tactics (.pdf, 569 KB)


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